Exhibition: All at Once Collapsing Together by Caoimhín Gaffney

Butler Gallery Evans Home, John's Quay,, Kilkenny, Kilkenny, Ireland

Butler Gallery is very pleased to present All at Once Collapsing Together, a new body of work by Caoimhín Gaffney. Spanning across film, photography and writing All at Once Collapsing Together uses fiction to imagine new ways of relating to the natural world. Images throughout the exhibition act as mirrors to the healing and relief the environment can offer, with narratives fraught with climate anxiety interrupting and reframing these as temporary and fragile.

Free

Grinning Cats Tea Party

langtons Hotel 69 John Street, Kilkenny, Ireland

Introducing our Grinning Cats Tea Party

Inspired by the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland, we’ve curated a magical and whimsical menu featuring local Kilkenny producers (keeping it with the Kilkenny Cats 🐱)

Laugh, indulge, and enjoy delightful treats like Ballykeefe Whiskey & Chocolate Mousse Mushroom, Mileeven Honey & Raspberry Club Sandwich, Mooncoin Beetroot & White Chocolate Macaron, and Dizzy’s Farm Goat Cheese & Caramelised Red Onion Tartlet and so much more!

€29

Summer Camps at Castlecomer Discovery Park

Castlecomer Discovery Park The Estate Yard, Drumgoole, Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny

Experience Adventure at Castlecomer Discovery Park Summer Camp 2024
Are you ready for an unforgettable summer adventure? Look no further than Castlecomer Discovery Park’s Summer Camp 2024! Our camps promise a week filled with excitement, learning, and endless memories for campers of all ages.

Camp Details:

Week 1: July 15th – 19th For adventurous 13-15 year olds, Week 1 kicks off the summer fun! From 10am to 4 pm daily, campers will dive into a world of exploration, team-building activities, and thrilling challenges. Whether it’s conquering high ropes courses or discovering the secrets of nature trails, there’s something for every thrill-seeker. The cost for this action-packed week is €120 per person.

Week 2: July 22nd – 26th Calling all 9-12 year olds! Week 2 is tailored just for you. With activities running from 10 am to 3 pm, this week is brimming with excitement. From scavenger hunts to canoeing adventures, get ready to uncover the wonders of Castlecomer Discovery Park. The cost for this week of fun is €115 per person.

€85 – €120

Deerpark Coalmine Fossils

Castlecomer Discovery Park The Estate Yard, Drumgoole, Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny

Kids aged 10-12 can learn and interact with their local archaeology in this workshop which focuses specifically on the fossils found in the Deer- park coal mining locations.

€8

Kathy Long & Bríd Lyons Performing at Butler Gallery

Butler Gallery Evans Home, John's Quay,, Kilkenny, Kilkenny, Ireland

Kathy Long is an Irish musician from County Kilkenny. Her music is an ethereal journey of deep lyrical content and captivating, authentic soundscapes. Bríd Lyons is a Kilkenny-born singer, songwriter and folk musician. Her acoustic sound is paired well with poetic lyrics that conjure images of nature and the human experience. Join us at 6.30 pm on Thursday 25th July at Butler Gallery and enjoy two fabulous performances by Kathy Long & Bríd Lyons!
Tickets are €15

€15

Scoil na gCláirseach–Festival of Early Irish Harp

Coláiste Pobail Osraí Secondary School 6-7 Ormonde Rd, Kilkenny, Kilkenny, Ireland

Discover the world of the exquisite, ancient Gaelic harp in a full schedule of 55 events: concerts, talks, workshops, social occasions and more. Onsite in Kilkenny and LIVE online, 26 July – 1 August, 2024. Immerse yourself each day with hands-on workshops; presentations on history, repertory, and instruments; and live Q & A with masters…

Gowran Park Ladies Day 2024

Gowran Park Mill Rd, Gowran Demesne,, Kilkenny, Ireland

Gowran Park is delighted to announce our MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre & Lyrath Estate Ladies Day will be returning on Saturday, July 27th, bigger & better than ever!

Gowran will be running their usual courtesy buses to the track leaving from the Kilkenny Castle Gates one hour before the 1st race.

Early Bird tickets for this year’s event are available online at www.gowranpark.ie. 

Portrait Drawing and Painting with Marie Le Men

Butler Gallery Evans Home, John's Quay,, Kilkenny, Kilkenny, Ireland

Open to intermediate to advanced level learners, this is an introduction to drawing and painting an expressive portrait from life in a personal style. Through demos and samples, Marie will provide tips and some basic principles of observational drawing to equip participants with some technical knowledge on measuring drawing features, before painting it using glazing and wet-on-wet techniques. The approach first focuses on structuring a head in planes and blocks, secondly on watercolour, exploiting the unique properties of this medium, which is notoriously challenging but offers great practicality, speed and ease of use, as well as an infinity of effects such as translucency, washes and glazes. The course will present the participants with an opportunity to discover the subtle art of portraiture in an accessible and practical way, and to inspire amateurs to pursue this practice on a regular basis through life drawing and sketching their surroundings.

€75

Evening Stand Up Paddle-Board Tour

City Centre

Join us for a night time paddle in Kilkenny.

Using SUP Boards, take an easy paddle with us upriver, in the peace and tranquility of the River Nore, where you'll learn about some of Kilkenny's rich history and wildlife. You'll pass old sites such as the Castle, St Johns Bridge, the Carnegie Library, and the former Smithwicks Brewery, with a view of St Canice's Cathedral at the top of the river. The trip ends with a leisurely float downstream, where you can take photos of Kilkenny from the river.

€29 – €125

AZURE – Dementia Inclusive Tour

Butler Gallery Evans Home, John's Quay,, Kilkenny, Kilkenny, Ireland

Azure at Butler Gallery, supporting people living with Dementia and Alzheimers.

The Azure tours are free dementia-inclusive facilitated events for people living with dementia, their families and supporters. During this tour, you will explore artworks from the Butler Gallery Collections and Exhibitions with a facilitator trained in Alzheimers and dementia inclusive art programmes.

The group session is limited to 8 people and two Butler Gallery facilitators.

Tea and coffee are served after the tour.

Trad Sessions at Rothe House & Garden

Rothe House 14 Parliament St, Kilkenny

Join us for this unique and intimate traditional Irish music show, set in the beautiful surroundings of the Tudor Kitchen at Rothe House. Featuring some of Kilkenny's best-known musicians and singers, this promises to be an evening not to be missed.

There is a long history of the beautiful sound of traditional Irish music echoing through Rothe House. Since the founding of the Gaelic League in Kilkenny in the late 19th century, Irish language lessons as well as music and singing were taught here for many years. These memories still linger for many Kilkenny people and we are thrilled to bring music back to Rothe House this summer.

€10

Ceoltóirí Kilkenny at the Cathedral

Cathedral St. Canice's Cathedral and Round Tower Coach Road Kilkenny, Kilkenny, Leinster, Ireland

Ceoltóirí Kilkenny present a colorful and exciting traditional show. It includes the very best of Irish music, song, dance and storytelling and provides an authentic traditional entertainment experience , captivating audiences and welcoming their participation.

Since being formed in 1991 Ceoltóirí Kilkenny have been performing at various venues in Kilkenny city, entertaining the many tourists who visit here each year. Since 1993 the group has toured across Europe , New Zealand and Argentina. They have also participated at International Folk Festivals in France, Spain, Hungary, Belgium and Germany.

Members of Craobh Osraí – The Marble City branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, Ceoltóirí Kilkenny will provide Irish Entertainment at St. Canice’s Cathedral in June and July .

€10

Summer Scientists

Castlecomer Discovery Park The Estate Yard, Drumgoole, Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny

Does science appeal and excite you ? Well look no further than our brand new summer Scientist workshop to conduct cool woodland experiments

€8

Little Explorers at Castlecomer Discovery Park

Castlecomer Discovery Park The Estate Yard, Drumgoole, Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny

Little Explorers is our new Adult and Child club for children aged 2 - 5 years. Sessions run from 10.30-12.30 on Thursday mornings throughout July and August. Join us for a 4-week block for just €45. Our little explorers will get the opportunity to explore nature, play and make friends while enjoying being outdoors at Castlecomer Discovery Park.

€45

Burnchurch Performing at Butler Gallery

Butler Gallery Evans Home, John's Quay,, Kilkenny, Kilkenny, Ireland

Burnchurch, a young family band from Kilkenny are poised to enchant listeners worldwide with their captivating melodies and rich harmonies. Following a string of successes, including composing the acclaimed soundtrack "Ringwalk" for the Katie Taylor fight in 3Arena, and crafting the 2023 Kilkenny hurling Anthem, Burnchurch released their debut EP, titled 'Maidin' (Morning/Dawn) on April 5th 2024.

€15.00

Al Porter

The Set Theatre

After six years, Al Porter returns with his best show yet. It’s personal and hilarious. This is a truly funny, feel good, must see show!

A sell out Edinburgh fringe run got rave reviews! The Scotsman said,

“★★★★ “Dazzling flair… Brilliant and very funny” (The Scotsman)
Chortle called it ★★★★ “Gloriously upbeat! …No self pity… Irrepressible stand up storytelling!”

Al brings a unique perspective and big laughs to a story of early success, f*cking up and changing for the better to turn your life around.

€27.50

Charity Dog Show at Mountain View

Mountain View Markets Mountain View, Kiltorcan, Ballyhale, Kilkenny, Ireland

Dog lovers, Mountain View's Annual Dog Show is back! Proudly sponsored by Red Mills Pet. All proceeds donated to Kildare Wildlife Rescue.

It's our favourite market of the year, our annual Dog Show at Mountain View Kilkenny!

Taking place alongside our regular Sunday market, our Dog Show is sure to be filled with fun, furry friends and fantastic prizes. We are delighted that Red Mills Pet is sponsoring this year's Dog Show and have lots of tasty treats up for grabs. Not to mention there will be a number of spot prizes on the day for the cutest doggies!

The proceeds for our Dog Show this year will be donated to Kildare Wildlife Rescue (KWR). KWR is a fantastic cause, that rescues, rehabilitates and rewilds injured wildlife in Kildare and surrounding counties.

€5

Evening Stand Up Paddle-Board Tour

City Centre

Join us for a night time paddle in Kilkenny.

Using SUP Boards, take an easy paddle with us upriver, in the peace and tranquility of the River Nore, where you'll learn about some of Kilkenny's rich history and wildlife. You'll pass old sites such as the Castle, St Johns Bridge, the Carnegie Library, and the former Smithwicks Brewery, with a view of St Canice's Cathedral at the top of the river. The trip ends with a leisurely float downstream, where you can take photos of Kilkenny from the river.

€29 – €125

The Complete Stone Roses

The Set Theatre

The Complete Stone Roses are one of the UK’s most well-known, most seen and most successful tribute bands. Selling out venues across the UK and Ireland regularly, they have helped to carry on the music of one of the UK’s most influential bands – The Stone Roses.

The Stone Roses played a pivotal role in the history of the UK’s indie music scene. Famous hits like Fools Gold, I Am The Resurrection and I Wanna Be Adored are as recognisable now as were the heyday of Madchester and the Hacienda, the cultural icons from which the original band were born.

€20

Magical Woodland

Castlecomer Discovery Park The Estate Yard, Drumgoole, Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny

Take inspiration from the wonderful world of magic and immerse yourself in the wonders of our enchanting forest to get in touch with some Discovery Park magic

€8

AKA Fringe Festival 2024

AKA is a voluntary run arts festival that showcases the hard work and talent of artists and community groups in Kilkenny City and County. Founded in 2014 by a group of artists and community organisers looking to bring together the scattered events and exhibitions that happen each August in Kilkenny. Over the last eight years the festival has grown from strength to strength and continues to offer a platform to established and emerging artists from Kilkenny City and County.

We are very excited to bring you into the dynamic world of music, art, craft and more. We urge you to indulge in our programme full of amazing artists, crafts and performances which we hope has something to suit everyone’s interests.

Kilkenny Arts Festival 2024

Since its foundation in 1974, Kilkenny Arts Festival has gathered many of the world’s finest musicians, performers, writers and artists in Ireland’s medieval city. For ten days each August, the city’s historic churches, castle, courtyards, townhouses and gardens offer a magical setting for unique collaborations and intimate encounters between audiences and artists. From outdoor theatre to contemporary dance, the Festival is dedicated to staging events of the highest calibre, thrilling audiences of all kinds. Classical music has been at the core of the Festival from the very beginning, and recent concerts have featured an astonishing number of globally acclaimed artists.

Bush Craft & Survival Skills

Castlecomer Discovery Park The Estate Yard, Drumgoole, Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny

This hands-on workshop is perfect for kids aged 10-12 to learn some very valuable outdoor Bushcraft and survival skills eg Shelter building and plant identification

€8

Trad on the Rock for Roisín

Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre Ballykeeffe, Kilmanagh, Co. Kilkenny, Kilkenny, Ireland

A night of music in Memory of Roisín Gilroy sponsored by her friends and colleagues of St. Canice's Credit Union in the beautiful surrounds of the Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre.

Preformances by local musicians:

Cois Nore Choir

Niamh Sheehy

Billy Carrigan & Friends

Burnchurch

Doors from 7pm with music beginning at 7:30pm

All funds raised to be donated to Cois Nore Cancer Support Centre.

€30

StormFest 2024 – The Libravian

Barnstorm at John's Quay 3 John's Quay, Kilkenny, Kilkenny, Ireland

StormFest at John’s Quay: A Week of Theatrical Delights for Families!
Barnstorm Theatre Company is thrilled to announce StormFest, a captivating week of plays for children and their families. Set against the picturesque backdrop of John’s Quay, StormFest promises laughter, adventure, and heartwarming stories that will leave audiences of all ages spellbound.

Brú Theatre presents The LIBRAVIAN

€10

Exhibition: Deep Time Dip by Liane Lang

Butler Gallery Evans Home, John's Quay,, Kilkenny, Kilkenny, Ireland

Exhibition Opening: Saturday 10th August, 3.00 - 5.00pm. All Welcome.

Butler Gallery, in association with Kilkenny Arts Festival, is very pleased to present Deep Time Dip by Liane Lang, a German-born, London-based visual artist who explores time and memory through monuments and historic landscape in her mixed media practice.

Free

Bassekou Kouyate

The Set Theatre

Kilkenny Arts Festival presents Bassekou Kouyate

Traditionally, the ngoni, a four-stringed lute, was used to accompany the stories of Malian griots. It wasn’t used as a lead instrument, but ngoni master Bassekou Kouyate has turned that tradition on its head.

His award-winning debut album Segu Blue revolutionized the way the instrument was played, and since then Kouyate has gone from strength to strength, releasing a string of acclaimed albums and collaborating with everyone from Youssou N’Dour to Damon Albarn. He has twice been voted Best Artist at the Songlines Music Awards. For this performance in the Set, Kouyate is joined by his wife, the celebrated griot singer Amy Sacko, and by his band Ngoni ba.

€26

Evening Stand Up Paddle-Board Tour

City Centre

Join us for a night time paddle in Kilkenny.

Using SUP Boards, take an easy paddle with us upriver, in the peace and tranquility of the River Nore, where you'll learn about some of Kilkenny's rich history and wildlife. You'll pass old sites such as the Castle, St Johns Bridge, the Carnegie Library, and the former Smithwicks Brewery, with a view of St Canice's Cathedral at the top of the river. The trip ends with a leisurely float downstream, where you can take photos of Kilkenny from the river.

€29 – €125

Carducci String Quartet

The Set Theatre

Kilkenny Arts Festival presents Carducci String Qaurtet

The acclaimed quartet brings its residency at this year’s Festival to a close with a programme featuring works by Philip Glass and Osvaldo Golijov, along with an iconic work by Steve Reich.

Inspired by the journeys Reich took across the US as a child during World War II, and by the very different journeys undertaken at the same time by those trapped in Europe, Different Trains weaves together live performance and the recorded voices of Holocaust survivors into a deeply moving work.

€25 – €27

Children’s Art Summer Camp – August

Butler Gallery Evans Home, John's Quay,, Kilkenny, Kilkenny, Ireland

10am - 2pm Daily

Ages 7-12 years

Join professional artists from the Butler Gallery Artists Panel on a week long Children's Art Summer Camp at Butler Gallery.

Daily activities will include guided visits to Butler Gallery's Exhibition and Collection galleries and art-making sessions in our Learning Centre. Children will be introduced to a variety of art making skills including working with pencils, oil pastels, paint and soft sculpture.

This is a fun and dynamic children's art summer camp lead by professional artists.

All materials provided.

Email learning@butlergallery.ie for details

€100

Niamh Regan

The Set Theatre

Kilkenny Arts Festival presents Niamh Regan

In 2020 Niamh Regan’s debut album Hemet introduced an artist with a gift for crafting folk-tinged songs with a quiet, reflective intensity.

The release earned her nominations for both the RTÉ Folk Awards and the Choice Music Prize ‘Album of the Year’ and catapulted her from open mics to headline tours around Ireland, the UK and beyond. Her new album, Come As You Are, is a bold step forwards, combining acutely observed introspection with a richer, fuller sound inspired by Wilco, and onstage her expressive vocals spark these gorgeous songs into life.

Please note: this a fully seated show. 

€25

Summer Scientists

Castlecomer Discovery Park The Estate Yard, Drumgoole, Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny

Does science appeal and excite you ? Well look no further than our brand new summer Scientist workshop to conduct cool woodland experiments

€8

Mick McAuley and John Doyle

The Set Theatre

Kilkenny Arts Festival presents Mick McAuley & John Doyle

Accordion player Mick McAuley and guitarist John Doyle are two of the most accomplished traditional musicians of their generation.

Both former members of Irish-American supergroup Solas, they’ve played together for years, working with illustrious names in rock, country and folk, but it’s only recently that they’ve recorded as a duo. Their self-titled debut album, mixing their own songs with arrangements of traditional songs, accompanied by stirring vocals, was rapturously received, and their live performances offer ample demonstration that you don’t need electric guitars and a drum kit to play with the intensity of a rock band.

€22 – €25

Niall Vallely, Liz Knowles & Niwel Tsumbu

The Set Theatre

Kilkenny Arts Festival presents Niall Vallely, Liz Knowles & Niwel Tsumbu

Three musicians celebrated for their innovative approach to traditional music join forces in a thrilling fusion of genres and styles.

Kentucky fiddle player Liz Knowles, Congolese guitarist-vocalist Niwel Tsumbu and Irish concertina master Niall Vallely first played together during a tour of Ireland last year, captivating audiences with their onstage presence and joie de vivre, and their collective music-making is underpinned by a shared artistic vision rich in beautiful harmonies, striking melodies and deep rhythmic grooves.

€22 – €25

Mick Flannery

The Set Theatre

Kilkenny Arts Festival presents Mick Flannery

Mick Flannery is one of Ireland’s most acclaimed songwriters and singers, a master craftsman whose storytelling skills and distinctive blend of folk, rock and blues have earned comparisons with the great American singer-songwriters, along with numerous awards.

Last year his eighth studio album, Goodtime Charlie, went straight to number one in the independent charts.

Once a shy performer, his stagecraft has been honed over 20 years on the road, and the Set is the ideal venue in which to savour his thoughtful lyrics and emotional delivery, all wrapped up in that peerless, unmistakable voice.

€32

National Heritage Week

Countywide

National Heritage Week events are subject to change.

National Heritage Week 2024 takes place from 17th - 25th August. National Heritage Week celebrates Ireland's Built, Cultural and Natural heritage with events across the country.

Historic Witch Trial Walking Tours

Kilkenny City

Kilkenny County Council Library Service and Heritage Office are delighted to announce a historic walking tour celebrating the 700 year anniversary of the Kilkenny Witch Trials on July 5th from 9.30am-3.00pm.

This free event is kindly funded by Creative Ireland and is sure to book out quickly.

Free

Richard Dawson

The Set Theatre

Kilkenny Arts Festival presents Richard Dawson

Like Syd Barrett or Robert Wyatt, Richard Dawson is one of those maverick English musicians who doesn’t so much throw the rulebook out of the window as set it on fire.

His last project was a trilogy of albums set in the medieval past, in the present and 500 years in the future, mixing alt-folk with jazz, psychedelia and prog rock, all held together by his tremulous vocals. His most recent album, The Ruby Cord, features a 41-minute opening track, ‘The Hermit’, that showcases his unrivalled storytelling powers. The song, as Loud and Quiet noted, is ‘utterly gorgeous’, slowly building to ‘the rarest kind of finale where it feels like your heart might burst’ (The Quietus). This gig in the Set is a rare chance to experience a true original at work.

€25

Evening Stand Up Paddle-Board Tour

City Centre

Join us for a night time paddle in Kilkenny.

Using SUP Boards, take an easy paddle with us upriver, in the peace and tranquility of the River Nore, where you'll learn about some of Kilkenny's rich history and wildlife. You'll pass old sites such as the Castle, St Johns Bridge, the Carnegie Library, and the former Smithwicks Brewery, with a view of St Canice's Cathedral at the top of the river. The trip ends with a leisurely float downstream, where you can take photos of Kilkenny from the river.

€29 – €125

The Psychology of Carl Jung

The Set Theatre

Seed Talks presents The Psychology Of Carl Jung

Join us for an illuminating exploration of Carl Gustav Jung’s profound insights into the human psyche. Delve into Jung’s model of the psyche, encompassing symbols, archetypes, the persona, shadow, animus, and the self. Discover the depths of the personal and collective unconscious, and explore Jung’s typological theory of personality types.

€18.50

Town of Books Festival

Graiguenamanagh, Co. Kilkenny

During the Town of Books Festival, the medieval riverside town of Graiguenamanagh, Co. Kilkenny, will be bustling with over 25 independent booksellers.

It is the best place in Ireland to find bargains on new, second-hand, antiquarian, children’s, and specialist books.

The Town of Books Festival will feature numerous events, readings, and workshops for all ages, along with plenty of music, tempting foods, crafts, and entertainment.

Graiguenamanagh serves as the outdoor activity hub for the Barrow Valley, constantly attracting hillwalkers, cyclists, canoeists, boating enthusiasts, and fishermen.

The Iverk Show

Piltown County Kilkenny

Now heading into 198th year since the first show was held in 1826 the Iverk Show has grown to be one of the biggest and leading Agricultural events in the country. With over 20,000 visitors on the day, it is a great opportunity for business. The programme of events has something for everyone young and old.

Free – €15

Are Ya Dancin’ – A Showband Story

Watergate Theatre Parliament St, Gardens,, Kilkenny

For one night only, the smash hit musical play ARE YA DANCIN’? – A Showband Story, written by Carol Gleeson and Helen Spring will light up the stage at Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny.

This beautiful Irish tale, set in 1960’s Donegal, offers a snapshot in time when Ireland was finally starting to find its’ voice and when showband music was the revolutionary language of the people.

Amidst this wondrous golden era of music, the story follows Tommy O’Neill who finds himself at the helm of an up-and-coming showband. As his star rises, he struggles both professionally and personally against the restrictive societal expectations of the time.

€32

Harvest Neil Young Tribute

Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre Ballykeeffe, Kilmanagh, Co. Kilkenny, Kilkenny, Ireland

“Harvest (a tribute to Neil Young) are an 8 piece band who have been thrilling audiences of Neil Young fans all over Ireland for 15 years

The band played a stunning show at Ballykeeffe in 2022 and are delighted to be performing at the amphitheatre once again in 2024.

Formed in 2009, the band have played all over the country, selling out shows in Dublin (3Olympia,
Pepper Canister Church & The Sugar Club), Belfast (The Black Box), Cork (The Pav & Crane Lane Theatre), Dundalk (The Spirit Store) and of course, Kilkenny (Ballykeefe Amphitheatre & Watergate Theatre).

€30

Evening Stand Up Paddle-Board Tour

City Centre

Join us for a night time paddle in Kilkenny.

Using SUP Boards, take an easy paddle with us upriver, in the peace and tranquility of the River Nore, where you'll learn about some of Kilkenny's rich history and wildlife. You'll pass old sites such as the Castle, St Johns Bridge, the Carnegie Library, and the former Smithwicks Brewery, with a view of St Canice's Cathedral at the top of the river. The trip ends with a leisurely float downstream, where you can take photos of Kilkenny from the river.

€29 – €125

Joe Goddard

The Set Theatre

Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard brings his latest solo album ‘Harmonics’ to Kilkenny’s Set Theatre for an unmissable live show

Alongside his work with Hot Chip, The 2 Bears, and HARD FEELINGS, Joe Goddard keeps busy as a solo artist, songwriter, producer, DJ, remixer, and co-founder of the Greco-Roman record label. Across all his projects, he is driven by a hunger for experimentation, an innate understanding of dance, pop, and indie music’s inner workings, and a heartfelt love of collaboration.

Joe embraces the role of ‘producer’ on a musical, practical, and spiritual level. His infatuation with dance music began as a teenager in the ’90s, attending clubnights where he progressed from indie and hip hop to drum’n’bass to house and garage.

€22

Paul Brady

Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre Ballykeeffe, Kilmanagh, Co. Kilkenny, Kilkenny, Ireland

Paul Brady, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist is one of Ireland's most highly regarded and successful artists. He crosses musical boundaries again and again, incorporating folk, rock, blues traditional Irish & classic pop styles into his songwriting.

His live performances, whether solo or with full band, include songs from his extensive catalog of 40 years. Often classified as a musicians' musician, Paul Brady's songs have been covered by a huge array of major artists. He began to write songs in the early 80s and has since forged a reputation as one of Ireland’s finest singer-songwriters, releasing many
popular and critically acclaimed records.

Songs such as The Island, Crazy Dreams, Nothing But The Same Old Story, Nobody Knows, Follow On, The Long Goodbye, The Homes of Donegal and Paradise Is Here have, over the years, given joy and emotional sustenance to generations of Irish at home and abroad. Soon after the release of ‘Hard Station’, his first album of his own compositions in 1981, his songwriting began to come to the attention of artists worldwide and his first ‘cover’ came the following year when Carlos Santana recorded ‘Night Hunting Time’.

€40

Rás na mBan

Rás na mBan returns to Kilkenny in September and Ireland’s international bike race for women has a number of exciting new innovations for its 18th edition.

The 2024 running of the event begins on Wednesday September 4th with six stages taking place over five days in and around the race base in County Kilkenny.

Once again, the route offers a variety of challenges, from testing hilly stages including the stage two climb of ‘The Cut’ in the Slieve Bloom Mountains in County Laois followed by the demanding Gorey stage in County Wexford on Friday, to the stage five time trial on Sunday where riders will ride solo against the watch on the new Kilkenny Castle course.

Tommy Marren – Matches and Old Flames

Watergate Theatre Parliament St, Gardens,, Kilkenny

Maureen Corcoran decides to find love for her two maturing sons (Joe and Pat) who have no interest in marriage. She spots an advertisement in the Ireland’s Own magazine where two equally ‘mature’ ladies (Daisy and Rose) are on the lookout for romance and without consulting her sons Maureen invites the ladies to come and inspect the ‘talent’ for themselves!

Get ready for wall-to-wall comedy with rare diseases, tongue twisters, a missing wife, an overdue eternity ring, a ‘dodgy’ sponge cake and news of an old flame all adding to the mayhem and madness – not to mention the ‘sting in the tail’ at the very end!

€24 – €26

Robert Sheehan: Playing Dead

The Set Theatre

Seed Talks presents Robert Sheehan: Playing Dead – How Meditation Brought Me Back To Life

An exclusive talk with the Misfits and The Umbrella Academy actor exploring his journey to inner peace in his new memoir ‘Playing Dead’.

A search for inner calm in a world that feels increasingly unstable is a quest many of us strive for, and a quest which actor Robert Sheehan documents with beauty in his memoir ‘Playing Dead’.

Join us for a talk with the actor exploring his latest book in which he shares intimate and playful reflections on his search for purpose, looking back at the adventures – and misadventures – of his life so far, and sharing the profoundly transformative lessons he has learnt along the way. Through stories, memories and his musings on fame, we will learn how spirituality for Robert has become an anchor in the constant moving tide.

€32.50 – €48.50

80s Icons

Watergate Theatre Parliament St, Gardens,, Kilkenny

80s Icons Show, Ireland’s first live 80s touring theatre show.

80s Icons Show celebrates the music of bands such as Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Level 42, Nik Kershaw, Go West, Tears For Fears, Human League, Paul Young, ABC, Ultravox, Phil Collins and many many more… so sit back, strap yourself in for a show that defines a decade.

€28.50

Oktoberfest at The Taproom

Sullivan's Taproom 15 John Street Lower, KILKENNY, KILKENNY, Ireland

Yo! Oktoberfest returns to The Taproom on Saturday, October 5th, with a few tweaks to keep it interesting.
Adding in an extra German pour for you this year, totalling 6 beer lines flowing with Bavarian goodness
Schnitzel special from us, smoked meats & bratwurst from Kilkenny's newest and soundest food pop up with Grillbilly.ie
DJ Paul Kavanagh is graciously returning to get you started up from 3pm

Free

80s Icons

Watergate Theatre Parliament St, Gardens,, Kilkenny

80s Icons Show, Ireland’s first live 80s touring theatre show.

80s Icons Show celebrates the music of bands such as Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Level 42, Nik Kershaw, Go West, Tears For Fears, Human League, Paul Young, ABC, Ultravox, Phil Collins and many many more… so sit back, strap yourself in for a show that defines a decade.

€28.50

The Elvis Years

Watergate Theatre Parliament St, Gardens,, Kilkenny

Now in its 20th year, The Elvis Years, led by original West End lead Mario Kombou, embarks on its biggest ever tour of the UK and beyond.

Undoubtedly the UK’s premier Elvis theatre production, this stunning show takes the audience on a fantastic journey through all the years The King ruled the airwaves.

€32.50

Paddy Cullivan’s I Can’t Believe It’s Not Ireland

Watergate Theatre Parliament St, Gardens,, Kilkenny

Join Paddy on a hilariously insightful journey through the history of partition and the Ireland of the future...

Imagine this. It's 2032. The people have spoken on both sides of the border and Ireland is a brand new 32-county country. There's a new flag. A new anthem. There's even a new capital! As Unionists holiday in the south, discovering the imperial joys of 'Royal' Dublin - southerners discover the ancient landscape of Ulster beyond the retail outlets of Newry and Titanic Belfast. Magical things happen when you create a new country - where EVERYTHING is on the table - and it’s exciting.

Leave all your preconceptions at the door. It's not a United Ireland. It's not an 'agreed' Ireland. It's not 'shared' - nor is it 'new'. It's simply- 'I can't believe it's not Ireland'! But first...we have to get there….

€18

Showband Hits and Stories

Watergate Theatre Parliament St, Gardens,, Kilkenny

Ronan Collins, Broadcaster and Singer looks forward to bringing his new show “SHOWBAND HITS and STORIES” to a venue near you. With his knowledge of the Showbands and, Stars and Songs of that golden era, Ronan will sing the hits and tell the stories from an amazing time in Irish life. Together with The Sugarcubes featuring Karen Black, who herself featured in The Nevada, relive the days of the ballrooms with songs and stories and memories of The Showbands!!

€31

Helping Children and Teenagers Cope with Anxiety With Dr David Coleman

Watergate Theatre Parliament St, Gardens,, Kilkenny

Anxiety is a normal and important part of our lives. We need to be able to get anxious to keep safe, but sometimes teenagers and children can get so anxious that it prevents them from doing regular things in their everyday lives.

In this presentation, David will focus on understanding how anxiety affects children, teenagers and families and will give concrete and practical tips for how to help children deal with the stresses and pressures in their lives.

There will also be a post event audience Q&A which will take place in the auditorium.

€27

Shania & Friends

Watergate Theatre Parliament St, Gardens,, Kilkenny

Join us in this high energy, fast paced, fully live tribute to the Queen of country pop, Shania Twain. With more than 90 million albums sold worldwide, Shania Twain is the top-selling female country artist of all time with hits such as: Man! I Feel Like a Woman, From This Moment, That Don’t Impress Me Much, Who’s Bed Have Your Boots Been Under and many more.

Following the sensational tribute to this Country Pop Icon, our second half takes you on musical journey, celebrating some of the greatest Country stars of the 90s & 00s. We may even throw in some of the old classics including artists such as, Garth Brooks, Faith Hill, The Chicks, Leanne Rimes, Lady A and more!

€26

Experience the magic of “The Ennio Morricone Experience”

Watergate Theatre Parliament St, Gardens,, Kilkenny

“The Morricone Experience” is a tribute to the late maestro of film music who wrote over 400 film compositions in his lifetime, including the scores for audience favourites “A Fistful of Dollars”, “The Good the Bad and the Ugly”,” Cinema Paradiso”, and “The Mission”.

€28.50

Psychology of Serial Killers

Watergate Theatre Parliament St, Gardens,, Kilkenny

Learn about serial killers you’ve never heard before in this acclaimed, sellout show brought to you by ex-forensics lecturer Jennifer Rees. ‘The Psychology of Serial Killers’ will give even the most dedicated true crime fan new insights to the phenomenon of serial homicide.

€29.50

Rory’s Stories: Keep ‘Er Lit

Watergate Theatre Parliament St, Gardens,, Kilkenny

Rory is back on the road with his brand new show, 'Keep 'Er Lit', as he tries to navigate and survive in this ever changing world.

He will take you into his home and life with his relatable humour and unique storytelling ability, as he speaks about growing up in simpler times, winging it, and life as a parent to three...even when feeling like a child himself!

Rory will share his experiences and thoughts on managing our minds, challenging fear and why it's important to never lose the madness!

So come join Rory for a night you won't forget; full of craic, music and inspiration.

€27

Soul Street Productions – Made In Tennessee

Watergate Theatre Parliament St, Gardens,, Kilkenny

Country fans are given a taste of Nashville with Soul Street Productions’ sell-out show Made in Tennessee - A Night of Country Music.

With a band made up of some of UK’s finest country musicians, Made in Tennessee takes you through the decades of the nation's fastest growing music genre, from Country’s origin in the Southern States of America to modern day Country heard around the world.Featuring classics from Johnny, June, Dolly and Hank, legends like Garth Brooks and Carrie Underwood and modern country superstars such as Kacey Musgraves and Chris Stapleton. Book your tickets now to experience the best show east of Tennessee!

€26

Ed Byrne: Tragedy Plus Time

Watergate Theatre Parliament St, Gardens,, Kilkenny

Phil McIntyre Live Ltd. & Róisín Dubh Comedy present ED BYRNE: TRAGEDY PLUS TIME

From the quote attributed to Mark Twain, humour is defined as Tragedy Plus Time. Come and join Ed as he tests that formula by mining the most tragic event in his life for laughs.

Edinburgh Fringe 2023 was a bumper 5-star review year for Ed. They came in thick and fast alongside outstanding critical acclaim for this exceptionally funny, ‘Best Reviewed Stand Up Show at Edinburgh 2023’ (British Comedy Guide).

€35

Nights On Broadway – The Bee Gees Story

Watergate Theatre Parliament St, Gardens,, Kilkenny

“Nights on Broadway: The Bee Gees Story” presents a tribute to the Bee Gees through their catalogue of hits over 4 decades from the 60s to the 90s. The fully-live band blends the classic hits, acoustic medleys and killer disco tunes which define the unmistakable and versatile sound of The Bee Gees.

€30

Abba Forever

Watergate Theatre Parliament St, Gardens,, Kilkenny

It’s always party time when ABBA comes to town but when it’s the Christmas show, then that’s a real excuse to let your hair down! This happy sing-a-long event is pure escapism. It celebrates ABBA’s music with a loud and proud production and terrific audio visuals of ABBA seminal moments on the giant screen!

It’s the perfect way to start your Christmas celebrations!

€30

Rock Icons Show

Watergate Theatre Parliament St, Gardens,, Kilkenny

Rock Icons Show is the ultimate classic rock concert experience touring Ireland, the UK, Europe and beyond. The show takes you on a journey through some of the world's greatest classic rock bands and albums, featuring the music of rock icons such as Deep Purple, Free, Bon Jovi, Toto, Rainbow, Def Leppard, Thin Lizzy, Kiss, Alice Cooper, Pink Floyd, Status Quo, Van Halen and many more.

€29